It may be hard to believe right now but it’s true – winter doesn’t last forever and we have some fantastic offers for bookings made in January & February.
Own Your Own Horse Week – 27 May
Do you ride regularly but not actually own your own horse? ¬†Is it your dream or are you just curious as to what’s involved? ¬†Well for week commencing Saturday 27 May you can make that dream come true for a week. ¬†Take this opportunity to experience horse ownership in the most ideal surroundings with the reassurance that there is a knowledgeable team on hand to help if needed. Own a horse week enables you to to be as hands on with your four legged friend as you wish to find out what it’s really like to have a horse of your own. ¬†
Training Week – 16 September
Last year’s training week was a real success and we were asked to think about another one this year. ¬†Well we did and scheduled it in for the beginning of May – it was full almost as soon as we advertised it and there has been interest shown in another one being added. ¬†We have looked at the diary and can now say that we will offer this for week beginning Saturday 16 September. ¬†If you’re interested do get in touch asap.
Some people mentioned that they were a little worried by the phrase ‘Intensive Training’ as they thought it meant it was only for very experienced riders so let me put your mind at rest over this because that really isn’t the case at all. ¬†It’s more of a usual week with the opportunity to do extra training – riding, horse care, bonding with your horse or whatever you have problems with or want to do more of. ¬†It’s for riders of all levels – horse owners or not – and as with all of our rides it’s tailored to you. ¬†There is the usual morning ride then as an addition in the afternoons Tanya can help you to work on any issues that you would like help with. ¬†She will talk everything over with the whole group at the beginning of the week and work out a program that fits and can be worked on through the week. ¬†
Just to bring you up to date, we’ve been busy around the country adding new members to the team for this year. ¬†Here goes –
Some of you will already have met our first arrival who came in September last year¬†but for those of you who came earlier in the year meet Atila taking his first look around at his new home as he came out of the box
He’s gone on from here and they have competed very successfully in several dressage competitions through the winter season. ¬†He’s up and going and ready to accompany rides this summer.
Our second new arrival came just before Christmas. ¬†Tanya and Chris set off at 5.00am with the trailer for what ended up as a 15hr trip to see a very big boy to join the team, namely a Normandy Cob. ¬†During this epic journey they passed through the volcanic mountains of the Massif Central and here is one of the shots that Tanya took from the motorway
It’s quite amazing what a big horse can do – here’s Chris mounted for the first time in ages and out enjoying time with Tonnerre after only a few days of getting to know him. ¬†He’s settled in really well and is now waiting to meet you all soon.
For number three we all set off for the day on a trip to look at several horses that we had seen. ¬†Sun was shining and a lovely lunch followed by finally seeing a really beautiful girl. ¬†Having ridden her and talked¬†over Tanya and Chris set off next day yet again with trailer and when they got back Ursala had arrived.
The pound is at present getting even stronger so we can pass on some great savings to you for the limited availability we still have in May.
The weather is getting better by the day – May is a really great month for riding here and the countryside for our riding is truly wonderful. You can now ride every day if you want to and the relaxing side of your stay with us is as good as ever.
So come on do it now before it’s too late! Send an email with your dates and we will come straight back
With the pound so strong against the weak euro now is a very good time to book a Riding Holiday in France.
The strong pound against the euro means cheaper air fares and cheaper fuel if you prefer to drive.
Above all this means that you can make some great savings on your holiday price with us here at Chateau de Laumiere because by passing the savings we make on this advantageous exchange rate to you we can offer some really good deals for April and May bookings.
Don’t wait too long to contact us by email or telephone with your April or May dates to check availability and see what savings you can make on a super relaxing riding break in the sun
Join our Easter House Party at the Chateau
3rd – 6th April Why not give yourself a break from election fever and come to stay at Chateau de Laumiere with us for the Easter weekend
From arrival on Friday afternoon to departure after breakfast on Monday forget the world and immerse yourself in a few days of R & R. Read on for our special Easter programme:
Friday 3rd – settle into your room and look around the house and garden.
7.30 meet up for a chat and pre-dinner drinks around a log fire before going into a 4 course dinner with wine and coffee in our vaulted dining room.
Saturday 4th – leisurely breakfast between 9.00 and 10.00 am
Spend the rest of the morning winding down with a walk around the village and surrounding countryside or just relax in front of the fire.
12.30 lunch then a little later an afternoon ride and back in plenty of time before drinks as usual followed by dinner.
Sunday 5th – breakfast between 9.00 and 10.00 am followed by a trip to a typically French market in Limogne en Quercy from where you will be collected at around 11.30 and taken to Monique’s (our favourite local restaurant) for a traditional French Sunday lunch.
Return to the chateau for an afternoon ride. Then a break before drinks and dinner as usual.
Monday 6th – breakfast between 8.00 and 9.00 am before departure.
Fully inclusive price for the above: ¬† ¬† ¬†¬£495 rider ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬£395 non rider
Don’t forget none of the above activities are compulsory – It’s your break so your choice
** Depending on your travel times there will be a morning ride on Monday followed by lunch if you would like to take it at an additional cost of:
Ride – ¬£50 per person
Lunch – ¬£30 per person
If you wish to stay for longer contact us with your dates for an all inclusive price
We have started preparations for April 25 already and are looking forward to seeing you all this year.
New Rides – Tanya and I are out as much as possible exploring even more of the countryside around putting together some new rides and additions / variatons to existing ones.
The riding will be different this year as you will now be able to ride every day of the week if you want to. Of course, those of you who like a day off to take it easy can still do so whenever you please – don’t forget you are the important one here because it’s your holiday.
Other additions –
Tanya is spending quite a lot of time with the Exmoors and having drawn up a plan is now chasing Chris to build an agility course. We a very exited about this as there is quite a lot of local interest in it and if all goes according to plan we hope that some of you would maybe like to join in on the odd afternoon. The ponies appear to really enjoy it and are accepting the new challenges very well.
Cross Country also in the pipeline are renovations to the cross country course which in favourable ground conditions will be available for an afternoon workshop.
Dressage Tanya is starting to compete in dressage again attending the early competitions this year and taking two of her regular pupils with her as well. If any of you would like to take advantage of this renewed enthusiasm you can include some additional training help in your time here with us
Natural Horsemanship Just a reminder that Tanya has several years of training and experience in this. All of our youngstock are handled and started using natural horemanship technics.¬† To improve your bond with your horse while you are here – why not try a join up
Changes to the weekly programme – whereas before other than breakfast Wednesday was a non riding, lunch or dinner day ¬†Now¬† there will be a ride with lunch when you return as all other days. There will not, however, be dinner ¬†But¬† for anyone not wanting to go out there will be a buffet supper available
Continuing popular events
Relaxing massage – as usual Nadia will arrive complete with table, music and oils on Tuesday afternoon to smooth away all your aches and pains. This is not compulsory but highly recommended by anyone who has had one previously! Naturally this is included in the price of your holiday
Lunch at Monique’s – Extremely popular and after a slightly shorter ride on Thursday you will return to the chateau for a quick change and off to the restaurant for a really good local meal which is also included in your holiday price:
Dessert / Cheese
Wine and coffee
After this return to the chateau where everyone generally disappears for a siesta somewhere shady.
Evening apperos – In the evening we all meet in the salon for a glass of wine (or an alternative of your choice) and a variety of nibbles for a very relaxed time before dinner to chat over the day, talk about anything you may want to do and generally get to know everyone. Don’t forget that for a special occasion – Birthday or Wedding Anniversay – our champagne appero makes this an extra celebration
Outside activities – there are many other activities to do and places to visit in easy reach of us and if you want help with any of them or general advice / directions just ask:
Cycling - there is an excellent hire shop in Limogne and he will deliver and collect the bicycles. ¬†Both road and off road
Canoeing - several rivers not too far away with companies supplying this. Full day, half day and shorter runs available
Fishing – for any ¬†keen fishermen who would rather¬†fish than ride there is some of the best and most varied fishing in France in this area both lake and river. Indeed, this area currently holds the record for the largest carp caught in Europe. Here are some of the fish caught here:
Black Bass, Pike, Roach, Carp, Pikeperch, Perch, Chub, Tench, Barbeau and Rainbow Trout
a¬†temporary ¬†fishing license is simple to arrange and very inexpensive
Sightseeing - there are numerous towns and villages of interest within about half an hour’s drive and driving is easy here because there is very little traffic compared to the UK
Cahors is the main town of the Lot region with many old buildings, interesting little side roads to wander down, pavement cafes to sit with a coffee and watch the world go by, a weekly market and lots of excellent restaurants.
Villefranche de Rouergue is an excellent example of a 12th century Bastide and is the nearest town and again a very interesting couple of hours wandering round the buildings, shops and cafes.
Saint Cirque Lapopie is a beautiful 12th century village just about 20 minutes drive. ¬†It really is like stepping back in time to wander through the tiny streets and to bring you back to present time there is a very good wine museum to take a look at. ¬†After that at the top of the hill there is a pretty good place for an ice cream!
I could carry on but it would become just too much to take in so you really need to come to stay with us and take a look yourself
Winter doesn’t have quite the same sense of dread here as it did in England because it’s so different. ¬†Before we moved to this region someone said to me that here the sun shines every day and my response was ‘In your dreams!’ ¬†We all now know how unfair that comment was simply because what they said was true it really does. ¬†It’s sometimes not for very long but when it’s there it’s very bright and the sky is blue which makes everything feel better. At this time of year it gets very cold at night – at it’s most extreme it can go down to -15 deg.C at times during January & February – and the mornings are frosty and quite breathtakingly beautiful as it was this morning but when it’s like this the sun appears mid morning and by lunchtime when you look out of the window it’s a totally different world. The frost has gone and the temperature can rise by between 20 – 25 deg.C which is a huge amount and at times like this you can almost forget it’s winter. The photos above were taken at 8.45am, the following at around noon and OK it’s not so pretty withouth the frost BUT just look at that blue sky!
On the other hand, some people are just too busy with lunch!
All of us at Chateau de Laumiere – both 2 and four legged – send our very best wishes to everyone for 2015. See you in the summer!